Overview - Master of Arts in Communications: Digital Storytelling

The M.A. in Communication: “Digital Storytelling” program is grounded in many different fields including film production, television production, radio, public relations, journalism, multimedia/web-based media and church-related media. As the boundaries between these fields continue to converge, storytelling remains their one common characteristic. The Digital Storytelling program is built on the idea that storytelling, with the consideration of audience, not technology, empowers students to develop the skills necessary to adapt to any new emerging technology. Instruction within the program, then, explores ways to capture an idea or event and then communicate it in a way that impacts their audience.

The Master’s of Communication: "Digital Storytelling" is designed to strengthen student skill sets in creating and managing narrative along with gaining expertise with technology requirements. The graduate learning climate promotes individual inquiry, questioning, application, analysis, evaluation, critical and reflective thinking. Students are encouraged to grow individually because of academic excellence and spiritual vitality and develop professionally through hands-on experience and mentoring through internships. The Digital Storytelling program prepares the individual student to engage culture as a professional, find compelling stories, and share them in a compelling manner with target audiences

Goals of Asbury’s Digital Storytelling program are to promote spiritual vitality, academic excellence, encourage students to become influential leaders, and to serve others.

The goals of the Digital Storytelling program support a curriculum grounded on four pillars: 1) the fundamental principles of storytelling as an art form, 2) research, 3) the theoretical dynamics and interaction of communication and narrative, and 4) technology as a tool for message transmission.

Distinguishing Program Features

Storytelling continues to be a critical means by which our society asks questions and seeks answers. The Digital Storytelling graduate degree is designed to prepare graduates to use multiple channels of media to tell and interpret stories of significance.

Housed within the School of Communication Arts, this major will prepare students who can engage and transform culture. Students will review and analyze media messages in light of a Biblical worldview. They will also refine their own story-telling skills by analyzing and critiquing the work of other creators of media content, and by developing their own unique story-telling content or critique.

While most students will choose to take their classes online, students may choose to utilize the new Miller Communication equipment and facilities to complete their projects. An usage fee will be charged for the use of these facilities and access will be limited to the appropriate equipment.